Thanks so much for the feedback. My doctor is not taking my vicodin away. However I can't take both. My primary care doctor prescribes the vicodin to me for my IBS and migranes. My rheumatologist wants me to try the ultram for fibro. I'm reluctant to give up the vicodin because I don't want to give up my life. Its been helping me and I never go beyond the prescribed amount. In fact there are days I can cut it down. I don't like trying new meds if the current ones are working for me. My concern is that if I take the ultram and it doesn't work, what do I do? I would have to wait 24 hrs. The rheumatologist is not pushing me to take the ultram, he gave me samples and said "try it". I'm going away to Mexico in 2 weeks and I'm not going to try it until I get back but honestly, I am reluctant. My primary doctor is great with prescribing me the vicodin because I don't abuse it. What if I take the ultram and then get a migrane? I'm fearful of new meds; ugh
I am one of those people who got discouraged with ultram in the begining as I was still working at the time and alot of Docs were prescribing it for elderly patients very leniently and I was caught off guard to the number of side effects associated with this med when they were hyping there was not any. In the elderly especially it was causing some very strange psychotic tendancies and in that age category these were not good things. So I am prejudiced against the drug early on.
I have not found very many people who get much if any relief from it and I know of not one who take it solely for CP without having to have anything else.
It warns you that it can and does cause w/d in narcotic tolerant folks so keep that in mind. Way too many Docs try to persuade us to take this instead of narcotics using very convincing statements to bring us around to thinking it is a strong pain med and I have heard them use this term widely in conjunction with tramadol.
Like Gramps said I think it is no stronger then OTC motrin and alot will find aleve is much better.
I can think of 10 better meds for migraine then this one.
As for the rheumy encouraging you to use it I dont get that either since unlike Ibuprophen and other Nsaids it has no antinflamatory properties to it.
I would certainly try it as long as it they dont want to replace my vicodin with it but would be really hesitant to just flat out make the switch! Alot of times it is nothing more then Docs using the same old song and dance and wanting to get another patient off narcotics and by switching from Vics to ultram they use the no aceteminophin in it to persuade us. There are however other narcotics with less or no tylenol if you require narcotic treatment for your pain to switch to if that is a concern as it usually is hence the GI statement not prescribing.
Good luck and if you are required to give up the Vics I would make sure they arrange a taper that is comfortable before doing so.
Keah, vicodin doesn't make me sleepy in fact it does the opposite for me too and it is why I can't take it at night. Before I went on vicodin I lost time from work and didn't travel because nothing worked for the severe IBS I had. When I was given vicodin for shingles I noticed by IBS symptoms were gone. The doctor agreed that it does slow the gut down and was no suprise it helped me. He has been a life saver for me in that respect. The rheum said "you can't take both the ultram and vicodin"; I guess I need to choose the one that I know is a guarantee to help the quality of my life. Its so hard at times becuase I am aware my body is addicted to it. I'm very aware and so very cautious not to exceed the limit prescribed. I'm not ready to give up my life. I will talk to the rheum again. I would not completely stop the vicodin without tapering off but as I said, I don't want to give up my quality of life either.
The jury is still out on my headaches because it seems too start with face pain which I think has to do with fibro. I've posted there as well.
thanks everyone and have a great day.
First Kimb it is NOT an addiction when your taking your meds as prescribed and you are taking them to give yourself a better qulaity of life,big difference there so dont beat yourself over the head for wanting more out life. You yourself said you didnt travel and had trouble working before the meds.
I certainly wouldnt give up something that works for a huge gamble in my book with the ultracet as I dont see enough folks get relief out of it to say switch. If you wouldnt get relief from 2-3 tylenol or a motrin then your not going to get alot more out of the ultracet unless it is an add on and you have already said they dont want you on both. THe other Dc sounds as though he is trying to get you away from narcotics and he may very well be one of those narc=phobic folks we tend to deal with more and more as the drug wars rages on.
There are many new meds in the headache are these days that work mere wonders for some and you may be better advised to see a headache specialist for some of those that can be taken in conjunction with the vico's and then again they may tell you to up your dose a bit when your in the middle of a migraine attack and then back to regular dosing after the fact but these are all things that can be handle by the right Doc and nice and smoothly for you without having to take away something that gave you a touch of life back.
thank you so much for your words. When I left the rheumy last week I started stressing because I didn't want to start losing time from work; no longer traveling. I was so scared of going back to how my life used to be. The more days that are going by the more I am reminding myself of why I decided to take vicodin to begin with. Mexico is 3 weeks away and I've never traveled that far before due to the IBS and now I can. I would rather take the vicodin and have a better quality of life. The rheumy doesn't believe in narcotics for fibro. That's okay because I don't ask him for anything. In fact I don't even complain. I've been dealing with pain for so long now that I don't know what its like not to have pain. The vicodin during the day allows me to do my job and helps with pain. I've decided after reading your reply, I want to continue to live the life I'm having. Life is too short. I want to be a part of this journey because all too often we miss a good part of the ride. Thank you again so much.
You are more then welcome!
Too many times we long for the days we dont have to center our lives around meds but far more we exchange that for centering our lives around pain! I would much rather take the darn meds and do thing in life that I want and need for sanity's sake to to do then go back to having every aspect of my life controlled by my pain levels that day.
Can I make it to the store today? Can I go to work and tough it out the entire shift? Get an invite and the family wants to go and you know that you also would love to but if you get up that day and your pain is thru the roof your going to ruin everyone's day,what a load to bare on my already heavy shoulders,to know my pain levels also effect the entire family.
Stay on the meds and lose the guilt trip sweety,take that trip and have a blast for all of us while you can. In this life we dont know when leaving the house may just become impossible so I am going for the gusto now while I can and whatever I have to take to be able to do that? Well I just will.
awww, thank you so very much for such comforting words. Since I've decided to stay with the meds I'm taking my stress has gone down; one less thing to worry about. I will have a blast and enjoy life because it goes by quickly. Guilt? hmmm I think guilt is my middle name! lol Hope you have a good evening and pain free .
lol, no you didn't make a mess out of what you were saying, I did understand, thank you. As for Mexico, I do plan on drinking bottled water but isnt the coffee made with water? I don't like ice because its too cold for me. My gut is so sensitive so I need to be extra careful. I'm packing imodium just as back up..lol I do have fiorcet in the house but it has tylenol in it and I need to watch the amount of tylenol I take. I have tried it and it didn't work for me. Years ago I had fiorcet with codiene I think and it did help. I am working with the neurologist in finding a treatment for the headaches. He mentioned neurontin (did I spell that right)? He understands my issues with meds and so he is leaving the ball in my court. I want to go on vacation and deal with new meds when I return. I know I need a better treatment plan. I have TMJ. My mouth has gotten stuck open at least 4 times in my life; horrible. I have to yawn almost with my mouth shut, no apples unless they are cut, blah blah. Hard holding my mouth open even at the dentist. Wow, so many of us have similiar symptoms. Well I guess I better start working cause the papers on piling on my desk..lol
Have a great day and thanks for your reply.